Holiday Happenings...

Disclaimer...this post was typed over the coarse of almost two months.  I am just now getting it posted.  Mother of the year over here!!

Things have been busy around our house.  Here is a little update (I typed this off and on throughout the day, you know, between naps, diaper changes, laundry, and feedings.  The timeline is a little choppy, don't judge):

Last weekend we took Grant to the Irvine Regional Park for a Train Ride to the North Pole.  It was pretty exciting.  Grant missed out on all of the Christmas Lights (the train ride put him to sleep), but he he became good buddies with Santa again!

 I thank God for the Moby every time I use it!

Family picture with Santa.

Our little Polar Bear.

Such a stinkin' cute Elf!

The following night we had Ryan's family over for Christmas dinner.  Grant got to open his first Christmas present from Grandma Vicki.  HE LOVED IT! It is so much fun to see him begin to play with toys and make his very first "friends".

Here is a picture from Grant's First Visit with Santa.  We took him to South Coast Plaza during one of Daddy's lunch breaks a few weeks ago.

Here are a few pictures from our Christmas Card photo shoot at home.  Next year I am going to get some help...DAD???

This is what Lucy does when Grant cries.  I feel so bad for her.  We keep trying to tell her that having him will pay of for her one day.  She doesn't seem to understand.

Cookie baking.  I wonder how many years I can get out of him before he decides to stop baking the cookies and just eats them instead?

I caught him talking to the snowman.  No joke.  They were having a full blown conversation.  

Flying session with Daddy.

Tustin PD comes around every Christmas with Santa on a float.  They drive right through our complex with a mega horn and announce his arrival.  All the kids come running out of their houses to climb on the float and sit with Santa.  I ripped Grant's bottle out of his mouth, threw him in the car seat and ran out the door.  For years I gone alone to this event dreaming of the day I would take my own baby.  I realized this halfway down the block and the tears began to stroll.  It's finally my turn!!!

Grant all tuckered out after some major Christmas shopping.

Cookie baking on Christmas Eve with Grammie.

Christmas Eve

Santa Came!!!

That about covers the Christmas update.  Bear with me, I will get caught up on the last month soon.  I promise.  This whole "working mom" thing just isn't working for me yet!!!


One Lucky Momma

Have you ever gotten a present for Christmas or your birthday that you love so much you can't sleep at night because you are so excited to get up and play with it in the morning?  That is exactly how I feel about this bundle of cuteness right here!!! Happy Friday!!!


Three Months

Grant, You Are Three Months Old.

What have you been up to?

You are wearing mostly three month clothes.  Some are a little tight and some are even too big!  There is the occasional 6 month outfit that you fit into, but not many.

We will get an update on your weight and height next month at your 4month check-up.

You are wearing size TWO diapers (these are a little roomy, but I like it that way).

You are eating 4.5 every three hours still throughout the day but we have started feeding you 5oz in the morning when you wake up and right before bedtime. 

Your sleeping patterns have not changed much.  Daddy and I are happy to report that you are sleeping through the night and getting on average about 10 hours of sleep each night. Yay!

Naps.  Mommy is proud to say that you have mastered the art of napping each day in your own bed instead of on top of her!!! You still need to be swaddled to help you sleep, but you are taking at least one good nap each day in your crib.  You usually take a short nap in the morning after your breakfast with your daddy (the two of you fall asleep together on the couch while I take a shower) and then you will take one more nap (for about an hour) with me at some point throughout the morning (we usually take this one while catching up on DVR shows from the night before).  Finally, you go down between 1 and 2 each afternoon and you sleep until 3 or 4 for your "good" nap.

You are started "playing".

You have been rolling over onto your side for quite a while now.  You are trying to roll all the way over but it is still a work in progress.

You have great control of your head.  You love to push your arms up on Mommy's shoulders to help you hold your head up so you can look around at just about anything and everything!

Things You Like...

Your Gentle Giraffe is still one of your Best Friends but you have made some new "friends" this month too.  We have introduced you to Sophie the Giraffe, reintroduced you to the flying birdie mobile on top of your swing (yes, you like your swing again...if it is not moving), and you have fallin in love with the birdie and apple mirror that hand from your carseat.  We call of these toys your "friends". 

You spend a lot of your time throughout the day sitting in your Bumbo.  You now have a tray for the top of it and you like to sit there and play with toys while Mommy cooks dinner. 

You still love to suck and chew on your fingers! You have found your thumb a few times and are often caught trying to shove your entire fist into your mouth.  We think you might be teething though it is a little early for that!

The new taggie football that your Grandma Vicki sent you.  You are really good at holding on to it and you like the way the tags feel on your face.

Books.  We started reading together.


Hanging out with Daddy on the weekends while Mommy goes grocery shopping.

Bouncing on the exercise ball (if you don't have one and you have a fussy baby I highly recommend you get one.  Bouncing on that thing has saved us from so many fits of crying and helped put Grant to sleep so many times).

Things You DON"T Like...

Sitting in your car seat.  You would SO much rather Mommy hold you so you can look around.

Other than that you have been so much more content this month.

First's This Month...

First visit with Santa Claus.

First laugh (with Mommy...melted my heart).

First Thanksgiving.

First trip to the beach (Grampy, Mommy, Granty Day).

First time away from Daddy for three days.

First time Mommy had to call the Dr with a concern.

Notes From Mommy...

Grant, it is hard to imagine that my time with you at home is almost up.  I will forever look back on these last three months with you as some of the BEST moments of my life.  You have taught me this month so much about what is really important in life and I can promise you that I have never felt more content with what I have because of you.  While I admit that I am somedays thankful to hand you over to your Daddy when he gets home at night (even Mommy's need a break every now and then) I find myself missing you when I go to bed and wishing you would just wake up for a second so I could snuggle with you and see your smile.  Happy three months my sweet baby boy.  Mommy loves you!

A Flash From the Past...

2 Months

3 Months


Christmas Wish List...

Grant is napping.  I have a to do list 3,257 miles long.  Instead I am shopping.  Online.  For myself.  Thought I would post some ideas here incase Mr. Spouse needs some ideas.
2011-12 life planner -kaleidoscope
Erin Condren Life Planner (I have been waiting for half off coupon for this to pop up after missing out on TWO of them in August and October).  Have you checked out this lady. Love love love her!
Primary Confection Measuring Spoons
Primary Confection Measuring Spoons - Anthropologie
Milk Bottle Measuring Cups
Milk Bottle Measuring Spoons -Anthropologie
Farmer's Egg Crate
Farmers Egg Crate (I like the blue one) - Anthroplogie




Mr. Independent...

Last night was a BIG night.  Grant had a sleep over.  In his OWN bedroom.  He did great, slept 10 hours.     As a Mom I feel like its a little too early.  But I don't want to wait until sleeping in our room becomes a tough habit for him to break.  I am also worried about too many changes coming at once when I go back to work in a few months, I mean change is tough for kids right? Who am I kidding.  He is hardly phased at this point.  The only person this is tough on...is me...surprise surprise right???  I already miss him.

Shout out to my Aunt Becky, Uncle Bill, and Grandma who bought us the video monitor.  Worrying about him sleeping in there alone is so much easier when I can check on him without even getting out of bed!!!



2 Months...

Grant, You Are 2 Months Old

What Have You Been Up To?

You are wearing 0-3 month clothes now.

You weigh 11 lbs. 6 oz. and rank in the 50th percentile for weight.

You are 24 inches long and rank in the 75th percentile for height.

You are wearing size 1 diapers.

You are eating 4.5 oz. every three hours and are waking up most nights to eat one time.  Every couple of nights you decide to give Mommy a break and sleep the whole night through.  We are hoping you start to make a habit of this special treatment!

You usually go to bed for the "night" between 7 and 8 and wake up for the "day" between 5 and 6 .

You usually nap in the morning and the afternoon everyday although the times very from day to day.  We are going to work on getting you on more of a schedule the next two months before Mommy has to go back to work.  

You are working on learning to take naps in your crib, once we master that this week you will start spending the night there too!!! Yay!! (This means Mommy can start using the treadmill in the bedroom again since you won't be sleeping there anymore and believe me...she needs it!!!)

Things You Like...

You still love your Gentle Giraffe.

Your fingers, you have been trying REALLY hard to find your thumb!

Being swaddled and "shhhushhhed" still seems to sooth you instantly too.

The Moby Wrap.  You will sleep for HOURS in this thing!!! I think you just like being so close to your Mommy or Daddy.  

Sitting in the Boppy and talking to anyone who will listen to you.

Bath time.  A bath can calm you down from any fit of crying you seem to have.  You love to kick your feet and smile at Mommy the whole time!

Being held... ALL DAY LONG!  We are working on this.

Things You Don't Like... 

The CAR and your CAR SEAT are still your two least favorite places to be.  You seem to despise them both so much that Mommy doesn't take you on long walks alone anymore, or to ANY store alone for very long.  

Shopping.  You SCREAM after about ten minutes of being inside any store.  
Being in your swing if it is moving or if the music is playing.

Your pacifier.  You get very mad at it anytime we put it into your mouth and start to make angry grunting noises until you finally spit it out!!!

First's This Month...

First "conversations" with Mommy and Daddy.  

First time you rolled over onto your side.

First real smiles.

First Halloween.

First World Series (You watched with Daddy).

First visit from Uncle Jimmy. 

Shots.  At the Dr.'s this morning.

Notes From Mommy and Daddy

Grant, we never imagined how much one tiny little grin and a few "agoo's" could make our days worth while.  We could sit on the couch with you on our laps and listen to you girggle, giggle, and groan all day long.  It amazes me how much communicating you are actually able to do already.  Life with you just seems to get better and better everyday.  We can't wait to see what the next month brings!!!